Southern DHB Community Oral Health Service
General Dentist Service
We offer free basic preventive, treatment and specialist oral care to children that meet our eligibility criteria for publicly funded health care.
Getting oral and dental health off to a good start is an important part of ongoing good health and well-being.
Free basic dental care is available to New Zealand children and includes:
- Annual Checkups
- Oral Health advice and encouragement for good oral health
- Examination and dental X-rays, if necessary
- Preventative treatment, such as topical fluoride and fissure sealants (coatings)
- Restorations (fillings) and extractions
Children will receive checks from the community dental service. Our dental buses visit locations across the district.
Who is eligible for free basic oral and dental care?
Basic oral and dental care is available to children who are in the care of:
- A NZ Citizen or permanent resident
- An Australian Citizen or Australian permanent resident or an Australian planning to live in NZ permanently.
- An interim visa holder
- A refugee, or protected person or survivor of people trafficking
- A NZ Aid programme student
- Is in the care or control of the chief executive of The Ministry of Social Development.
To find a provider, click on the area nearest you:
To find out more or to enrol in the Community Oral Health Service, please contact:
Otago: 0800 672 543 Email:
Southland: 0800 825 583 Email:
You can access any of our oral health services by getting in touch with any of our clinicians and discussing the care you need.
Government Funded/Subsidised Dental Care
Children up to age 13
0800 672 543
0800 825 583
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This page was last updated at 12:02PM on June 24, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Community Oral Health Service.